We at High Notes Avante Productions Inc believe music and words have the power to create social change, inspire, empower and give hope to those touched by mental illness. Our concerts feature world class performances and speakers and showcase the lives and talents of artists and personalities who are living good lives despite having an existing or past mental health challenge. We aim to kill stigma, educate and save lives by encouraging others to reach out and share their stories. We all have a story.
THE FIRETRUCKS MAY HAVE SHUT DOWN THE APRIL 28th GALA BUT OUR MESSAGES ARE STILL HOT.
We are moving forward with plans for 2017 and encourage you to get in touch if you would like to support us emotionally or financially. We also need volunteers.
Check back often for updates and like us on Facebook for more regular updates and press releases as they become available. Please view the video below (produced by Lisa Robertson and her team) with material from the April 28th “half gala”. Just imagine that there was a second half with powerful testimonials and performances…
We are thrilled to have received this message of support from Rick Mercer who encourages you to attend the April 28th High Notes Gala:
Here is a video from our past concert to give you an idea what we are planning for you:
And here is a video of from our supporter Lloyd Robertson talking about the May 2, 2015 gala:
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HIGH NOTES GALA @ RHCPA
THURSDAY APRIL 28, 2016
Join us for an inspiring and uplifting evening mixing a variety of beautiful music with moving speeches, dance, poetry and laughter.
We support ALL mental health organizations offering help and support in recovery and encourage you to connect with them at their exhibition tables in the theatre lobby.
Star participants for the April 28th gala at the RICHMOND HILL CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS are: Luba Goy, Jean Stilwell (Classical 96.3 FM host and singer), Richard and Lauren Margison (world renowned opera singer with singer/songwriter daughter), Dr. David Goldbloom (U of T, CAMH, Mental Health Commission of Canada), Ballet Jorgen, Bill McPhee (publisher of SZ Magazine and Anchor and mental illness survivor with powerful story), Mercedes Cheung (young child prodigy and violinist), Grammy-nominated flautist Ron Korb, Robert Kortgaard (world class pianist) and young winners from the North York Music Festival?s High Notes Gala category. (kids compete to play at the gala with music by a composer who suffered from mental illness). Timing is 7:30 pm -10:30 pm with pre-gala VIP reception around 6:30 pm. NEW! VIP tickets also include a complementary photo by PIC ME photo booths.
Click here for some interesting statistics that proves how important our work is.
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We will update this as soon as possible…but are leaving this picture of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpiti, Ward 1 Councillor Valerie Burke (one of our first supporters!) and Ingrid Taheri (driving force behind High Notes Avante) here for now.